Tafika

Reviews of Tafika

Excellent(98%) From 274 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 274 of our travellers who have visited Tafika, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs S from Portsmouth
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Tafika review

As before excellent place to stay.
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Amongst other animals we also saw genet, bushy tailed mongoose and a monitor lizard.

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Mrs E. from Swansea
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful camp on the anks of the Luangwa

Beautiful position, wonderful food, great staff. Can't fault anything

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Donaldsons from ADK, NY
Arrived on: 30-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tafika review

We were again (our second visit) greeted by owners Carol and John Coppenger and daughter Jen.

This camp is perfect for us... low key, relaxed, professional. Accommodations are comfortable: thatched roof and walls, private baths with private open air showers. Not fancy, but comfortable and very nice. Exactly what we wanted our children and grandchildren to see and experience. As close to open-air camping as possible yet completely safe.

The guides at Tafika are outstanding professionals. A walking tour with Isaac is highly recommended: hippos, a pride of lions, birds, et. al. Cooper and Lloyd are highly knowledgeable, and able to keep everyone aged 11 to 74 engaged and excited.

The common space is large, open and comfortable. We ate most dinners under the stars in perfect weather. The game drives were uniformly excellent.

As far as we are concerned, Tafika is a must.

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Mr & Mrs S from Portsmouth
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika

Exactly what we requested - we asked for remote and we got it. On game drives there were no other vehicles other than Tafika vehicles in that part of the National Park. For those spending more time there than we did, there were lots of activities available, microlight flight, walks, bicycle safari as well as game drives.

Food excellent - we really appreciated the home grown vegetables at every meal.

The Coppinger family were always around, making you feel very welcome and it gave it more of a feel of staying in their home and not an impersonal hotel. The staff were always welcoming, drive guides extremely knowledgeable and always ready to pass on information and to personalise it with their own experiences.

Lots of animals and birds, although the leopard eluded us (although others while we were there did see leopard). Not seeing one wasn't for lack of trying by our guide on our last drive!

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Mr & Mrs M from Bath
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lovely Atmosphere at Tafika

We really enjoyed staying at a camp which was owner managed and where the family played a full role in the day to day operation of the camp. John and Carol were companionable hosts and Jen provided much needed support and medicine to Sue when she had a day on the sick list.

We were fortunate to be flown in from Mfuwe by Rory - which was much appreciated and a great experience! The camp was excellent and we enjoyed the rustic feel of our accommodation - complete with visiting hippos! We saw almost no traffic when on game drives which definitely enhances the experience.

The visit to the Yellow Bill Colony is a must do - and we also took part in a walking safari guided by Stephen which was both enjoyable and exciting (Elephants). I can see why Remote Safaris has such a good reputation for walking safaris and we would probably focus on walking safaris if we returned.

We did see Lion and Leopard but we felt that the game intensity on the game drives could have been higher - I imagine that this increases on this side of the river as the dry season progresses.

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Mr & Mrs D from Cambridge
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika review

A home from home in the African bush. The post-dusk drives give an extra dimension and open up a whole new spectrum of species to see. The typical day at Tafika gave us 9+ hours on game drives.

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Mr & Mrs N from Hampshire
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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A lovely time

The guiding provided by Stephen Banda was excellent, both on walks and game drives and some of the best we have ever experienced on trips to South Luangwa. We did track lions on foot one morning and, after several hours criss crossing the grassland, we did come face to face with a lioness who eyeballed us balefully from only 30 feet away!

We were given the Honeymoon Tent for our 6 night stay and so had twin showers and wash basins, which we appreciated, plus being furthest away from the main centre of the camp, we did not have other guests walking by, which seemed a slight issue for some of the other tents. We did feel the furnishings were a little below the standard of other camps we have stayed at., e.g small bath towels rather than more ample sized bath sheets, which seemed a little mean. We were surprised that no one was ever present to greet us with hot or cold towels after walks and drives - something every other camp seems to do as standard. We were given a lovely surprise bottle of bubbly for our last night's Sundowner! Jen and Nick made us feel particularly welcome and were very accommodating of my need for assistance getting in and out of vehicles and canoes.

The food was really excellent and an alternative to fish was provided for me without any reminder thanks to Expert Africa for passing on my preferences.

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Expert Africa comments

We are glad that these travellers had such a lovely trip, and have passed on the additional comments to Tafika, who responded:

"We have noted the constructive comments and are addressing a number of small things (towels intended for use upon return from activities are now in camp), which we hope will translate into an even better in-camp experience. We appreciate the thought and will continue to work hard to offer the very best that we are able to!"

Mr & Mrs D from Cambridge
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Warm and friendly welcome back to Tafika

Such a welcoming and friendly place, like coming home. Food was outstanding, service excellent. Guides very knowledgable. Fabulous night sightings of genet, civet, slender and white railed mongooses, elephant shrews and an adorable Scops owl.

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Mr M & Ms T from London
Arrived on: 4-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Still a great experience on our second visit

The new generation handled the guests and the camp well

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Mr & Mrs K from Gwent
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nice stay, good guides and good company

The overall stay was really nice, with good sightings, good food etc, but I was not keen on the rooms. Basic is nice on safari, but basic can be overdone.

Excellent location, very friendly and informative staff and management.

Overall a good stay

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